Rachel Goslins

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Rachel Goslins
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Born (1969-07-23) July 23, 1969 (age 47)
Residence Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Education bachelor's degree (English literature), 1991
law degree, 1995
certificate in intensive digital video production, 2001
Alma mater University of California at Santa Cruz
UCLA School of Law
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Occupation film producer, film director
Spouse(s) Julius Genachowski (m. 2001)
Children two children
Parent(s) mother Harriet Bender Goslins, father Martin Herbert Goslins

Rachel Goslins (born July 23, 1969) is an arts administrator and documentary film director and producer. In August 2016, she was appointed Director of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Museum.[3] She was previously head of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.[3]


Goslins was Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities,[4] an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy. President Obama appointed her to this position in 2009. In this capacity, she works closely with the White House, senior government officials, prominent artists, philanthropists and entrepreneurs and the country’s leading cultural institutions to advance and support the arts and humanities in America and abroad. Under her management, the organization more than doubled its budget and programmatic activities, raised over $10M in public-private partnerships to support the arts, and launched several major new initiatives, including a partnership with the US Department of Education and the Ford Foundation to bring arts education to a group of the country’s lowest-performing elementary schools, and a program with the Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO and the U.S. Department of State to rescue and preserve Haitian cultural artifacts in the wake of the 2009 hurricane. She stepped down as Executive Director in 2015.[4]


Her feature documentary, Bama Girl premiered at the 2008 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and later broadcast on the Independent Film Channel (IFC).[5] It is the story of a "black woman at the University of Alabama who runs for 2005 Homecoming Queen, going up against a century of ingrained racial segregation, internal black politics, and The Machine, a secret coalition of traditionally white fraternities and sororities formed in 1914.[6] She has worked on productions for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel (Nat Geo), and History, and was the Director of the Independent Digital Distribution Lab, a joint PBS/ITVS project. Her most recent film was Besa: The Promise, an award-winning feature documentary about Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during World War II.[7]


Prior to her arts career, Rachel was an international copyright attorney in the office of Policy and International Affairs in the U.S. Copyright Office, where she had responsibility for negotiating and drafting sections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and represented the Copyright Office at UNESCO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. She began her career as a litigator for the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. In 2012 she was awarded a Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to investor and former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, and they have three children.[8]


  1. ^ "Rachel Goslins". Washington Jewish Week - Online Edition. Rockville, Maryland. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Julius Genachowski". The Complete Marquis Who's Who (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Gale Biography In Context. 2010. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2016545010. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  3. ^ a b McGlone, Peggy (11 August 2016). "Smithsonian hires director for long-dormant Arts and Industries Building". Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Turnaround Arts:November 2015 Newsletter". turnaroundarts.pcah.gov. November 5, 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  5. ^ http://2008.sxsw.com/film/screenings/film/F10501.html
  6. ^ "Bama Girl - About". Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  7. ^ Rachel Goslins - Washington Jewish Week - Online Edition - Rockville, MD
  8. ^ Kantor, Jodi (2008-11-15). "JULIUS GENACHOWSKI; Candidates for Obama's Inner Circle". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 

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